Epson has lowered the prices on five of its most popular Stylus Color ink jet printers and is offering rebates on select models. The Epson Stylus Color 800 and 800i are now $130; the Epson Stylus Color Eight Cubed is now $160; and the Epson Stylus Color 777 and 777i are now $80. The Epson Stylus Color 880, 880i, and Eight Cubed will carry a $30 mail-in rebate valid through August 31st, 2001. Additionally, users who purchase an Eight Cubed through June 31st, 2001 will receive an additional $30 mail-in rebate as well as a free printer stand.
Pre-registration for Macworld Conference and Expo New York 2001, which runs July 17-20 at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center, ends next Monday, June 18. Those who pre-register for the event can save up to $150 off a conference package.
After several weeks of beta testing, Unsanity has released Mint Audio 1.0, a $13 lightweight MP3 and audio player for Classic and Mac OS X that features streaming audio support, hierarchical playlist, skins, visualization, alarm clock, and playback of over 30 formats.
Thomson Multimedia and the Frauhnhofer Institute, the two creators of the MP3 format, have released a codec for the mp3PRO format. The new digital sound recording format doubles the compression rate at the same sound quality, thereby bumping the ratio up to 2 minutes per 1 MB of audio instead of 1 minute per 1 MB of audio. The new format is backwards compatible with current MP3 players, but the current players will not be able to play the higher pitches that have been reinstated in mp3PRO. The mp3PRO coder and decoder are currently only available for Windows, but Mac players and encoders supporting the new format should be available later this year.
Mat Caughron has put up a end-user site on XDarwin, the project to run XFree86 (a XWindow server) on OS X. Torrey Lyons, who is also working on the project, has a Website \"more aimed at technical information for experienced Unix users.\"
Tom Dillon writes that Sonigistix has released a new USB adapter so users \"don\'t have to rely on devices like the troublesome iMic to output great Monsoon Planar sound. My Monsoon speakers with jack thru an iMic adapter would not function on OSX.\" The $20 USB adapter, released this week, is compatible with its Home Audio Series.
Following our note yesterday, Business Week has posted a complete list of Annual Design Award Winners for 2001: \"Not only did Apple get a gold for TiBook, but a Bronze for the G4 Cube and Apple Pro Speakers.\" Other award winners include the Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical, Palm m100, and Razer Boomslang 1000 and 2000.
Richard Bannister has released BoycottAdvance/MacOS 0.1.9, the first version of a new Game Boy Advance emulator for Classic and Mac OS X. The handheld console was released in the U.S. this past Monday.
Rune: Halls of Valhalla for the Mac, an expansion and standalone multi-player only third-person action game, is being held from release while Take Two Interactive finds a publisher, according to Inside Mac Games. The game was recently completed by Westlake Interactive, but when Gathering of Developers passed publishing duties for many of its Mac titles to MacSoft, Halls of Valhalla was left out of the mix. Several offers to publish the title are on the table, but Take Two Interactive has yet to finalize a deal.
Architosh reports on the pending announcement of ArchiFM WebServer, an interactive 3D technology moving to Mac OS X, a new partnership between EON Reality and GDL Technology, and an online design tools site watching for interest from Mac users.
Hamrick Software\'s VueScan 7.1, a new version of its $40 film scanner for Classic and Mac OS X that offers batch processing, automatic color-balancing, and cropping, adds better memory allocation for the Mac OS X version, improves infrared cleaning to work with larger dust spots, and fixes several other minor issues.
Intelli Innovation\'s $35 multi-carrier, package management solution, Package Tracker 3.2.1 for Classic and Mac OS X, now supports Roadway Express in QuickTrack and Tracking List modes and is compatible with FileMaker Pro 5.5.
Black Magik Software\'s $15 The MP3 Game 1.0 uses your own collection of MP3s to play \"Name That Tune\" with up to seven other players. Players take turns trying to guess the name of a song that is played while the timer counts down. The faster you answer, the more points you get. When all of the rounds have been played, the player with the highest score wins the game.
Major Apple distributors, including Ingram Micro, are no longer filling orders for the Power Mac G4 Cube, leading resellers to believe that the product is reaching end-of-life (EOL). Supply of both the CD-RW and DVD models are dwindling in the retail channel, according to resellers.
Circuit City and CompUSA are now carrying the SmartDisk VST Tri-Media Reader, a USB-based multi-media reader for Macs and PCs. The $130 device reads and transfers data from CompactFlash memory cards, SmartMedia memory cards, and floppy diskettes.
Macworld has won awards in seven categories from the Western Regional chapter of the American Society of Business Publication Editors, including two gold awards for graphics excellence: the G4 Cube on the cover of its October 2000 issue won the Gold Award for a Front Cover Photo. The Macintosh publication was also awarded two silver and three bronze awards for editorial excellence.
Today marks the U.S. premiere of Tomb Raider, a movie based on the popular series of action-adventure games created by Core Design. The games were brought to the Mac by Austin, Texas-based publisher Aspyr Media, which could begin shipping the latest entry in the series, Tomb Raider: Chronicles, as early as today. Fandago, a movie-ticketing company that offers advance tickets for more than 3,000 movie screens nationwide, reports that sales for \"Tomb Raider\" accounted for more than 70 percent of advance sales for this weekend\'s films.
Cam C. notes that new movie \"What\'s The Worst That Could Happen?\" starring Danny DeVito and Martin Lawrence featured several scenes showing Macs and Mac OS X on-screen.
Architosh notes Eovia\'s 3D modeller Amapi 4.15 is available for free as a Web download. The application has a customizable interface and offers creation and editing of complex geometric surfaces using advanced tools such as NURBS, polygonal curves and Gordon surfaces.
Olympus today announced the DM-1, its digital voice recorder/MP3 player. The USB-enabled device supports removable SmartMedia cards, offering up to 22 hours of voice recording time or one hour of MP3 or WMA music on the included 64MB SmartMedia card. It includes voice file management, voice activation mode, and play/record modes (SP/LP) and is expect to ship this month for $350 (street price of $300) with a DSS Player software, MusicMatch software, USB cable, carrying case with belt clip and stereo headphones as well as a 64MB SmartMedia card.
Colin Cornaby has released XMorph 1.1, an update to his OS X theme utility that brings the ability to run without root access, import MetaMorphX\'s .theme format, and change the Genie effect and Terminal transparency. Theme Builder 1.5, also updated, supports many of the new features in XMorph.
Sony has announced a new 1.3 megapixel Cyber-shot digital still camera (model DSC-P20), offering MPEG motion video, ClipMotion animation and an optional InfoLithium battery. It features a 3x precision digital zoom, a 12-bit A/D converter, a 1.5\" LCD, and USB connectivity. The $250 camera is due in August and will be bundled with a 4MB Memory Stick, USB cable, two AA alkaline batteries (for up to 60 minutes of shooting), and unspecified software.
Andrew Cunningham has released Prowler 2.2, an update to his $15 shareware image browser, image viewer and management tool. Version 2.2 offers improved printing, in-line editing of file comments, and other enhancements.
Microsoft today announced that Mac Office 2001 is a Gold winner in the 2001 Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for the package\'s \"exceptional form, usability features and interactive qualities.\" The design received a Gold Award in the Packaging Structures category, highlighting Office 2001\'s unique clamshell design, reusability and elimination of wasteful packing materials. (The IDEA is co-sponsored by both Business Week and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
BlueJ 1.1.4, a free, flexible Java development environment, has been released for OS X: \"[it] is a highly interactive Java IDE that allows interactive creation of objects and interactive method invocation. BlueJ also automatically generates UML class diagrams.\"
MacNN reader Ash Mishra sent us a note about Apple iBook ads in London: \"There essentially isn\'t a single underground station (subway) that doesn\'t have mutliple billboard style iBook \"Your Life To Go\" ads. In fact, the majority of bus stops in Central London (Zone 1) have these ads as well. \"The coverage is incredible. I\'ve never seen anything like this in North America (I\'m originally from Toronto, Canada). Apple\'s advertisor has also chosen an excellent route of advertising, as the London transport system is one of the most heavily used in the world, with over 2 million passengers daily. Definitely good bang for the buck
esd software has just released LOOK4 1.0, a new, fast search tool for Mac OS X. Just place LOOK4 into the dock for easy reach and enter the search criteria into the search field. (A permission bug preventing the updating of the database has been found, but there is a work around noted.)
Version 2.10 of Apycom Java Menu Applets is a collection of platform-independent lightweight java applets that allows you to \"create professional menus for your Website..[they] provide a feature-rich, fast-loading menu navigation system for your web site\'s visitors.\" The $40 package is free for non-profit sites.
Apple has posted details of its free VST CD-RW offer with the purchase of any PowerBook G4, noting that it may take up to 8-10 weeks to receive the free peripheral.
BeHierarchic 4.2 brings Classic compatibility (under OS X), speed improvements, and improved compatibility with Glidel, FaxSTF Pro, Photoshop 6 to the shareware menu enhancer.
Virtual TimeClock 3.3 adds a new index rebulding mechanism to better recover from data corruption to Redcort Software\'s full featured, software replacement for traditional employee time clocks and manual time card management.
Humongous Entertainment, which yesterday announced the release of Freddi Fish 5, has laid off 82 employees, or 40 percent of its workforce. Some employees were disgruntled at the way in which the layoffs were made: those who were fired found their electronic key cards disabled when they attempted to enter Humongous headquarters. Worse, say some, was a subsequent meeting at a nearby hotel where those who were staying on were separated to one room while those who lost their jobs were separated to another room where they received severance packages and help constructing resumťs.
Yesterday Dell GM of Education Bill Rodriquez spoke about Apple\'s moves to regain its top spot in education. Other reports included Apple\'s Industrial Design Excellence Award for the PowerBook G4, Adobe Q2 earnings, Diablo II realm upgrades, WWII Online: Blitzkrieg for the Mac, Clive Barker\'s Undying for the Mac, and iBook Screen Protectors. Software releases included Rewind 1.2, iClean 4.01, and Outlook Email Archive 2.3b.
Excel Software\'s tool for UML, data, process and real-time modeling, MacA&D 7.3, adds XML support, integrated test documents, more flexible requirements traceability and enhancements to its scriptable HTML reports. Pricing starts at $500 for the Standard edition.
MacinMind Software has posted Passenger 2.0b1, a beta that runs natively under OS X, supports Mac OS X Server import/export routines and adds user ID numbering for Macintosh Manager 2.0 export. The server account creation and password generation tool will import tab and comma-delimited text, ASIP 6.3 and Mac OS X XML and create account information and passwords for ASIP 5-6.3, Mac OS X Server, Macintosh Manager, EIMS, and WebSTAR. [Classic, Carbon]
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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl